Greg Kelley not too long ago traveled to Asia to attach with and encourage World Mission’s nationwide companions on the bottom.
“World Mission will distribute about 20,000 Treasures into Southeast Asia,” says Kelley. The Treasure is World Mission’s solar-powered audio Bible. “Over the course of the 12 months that these items are being distributed, our leaders are confronted with a heavy worth. It’s very taxing. They’re attempting to encourage new believers. They’re establishing new church buildings, however they’re doing it within the face of nice adversity and problem.”
Some areas could have a excessive inhabitants of Islam, Buddhism, or Hinduism and it could be exhausting and even harmful to have interaction with the individuals.
World Mission’s nationwide leaders typically begin participating new communities by compassion initiatives akin to water, medical, or catastrophe aid.
“That’s a great inroad to sharing the Gospel,” Kelley says.
“Many times disaster relief projects are not things that are making the headlines or the mainstream media. But as an example, there [are] different outbreaks of fires that have happened recently in Cambodia.”
Cambodian households have misplaced their properties and all of their possessions. Following the fires, World Mission’s companions knowledgeable them of the catastrophe and so they helped rebuild properties for these unreached individuals teams within the identify of Jesus.
“People have come to know Jesus because they’re so appreciative. They are just so overwhelmed by the compassion and the love that was shared to them.”
As they work on aid initiatives, World Mission distributes their solar-powered audio Bibles to individuals of their native languages.
Kelley says he met with a household that got here to know Jesus and obtained a Treasure. He requested how lengthy they hearken to it each day and so they stated they listened till it stopped.
“They’re listening to the Treasure for 3 and 4 hours at a time, simply absorbing the Phrase of God.”
Persecution in Asia
Nonetheless, whereas some individuals could come to Christ, others could not and have even turn out to be resentful and sparked violent persecution towards new believers.
Kelley says in a Buddhist-majority space, a household turned the primary converts of their village. The household informed the opposite villagers that they liked Jesus and that He modified their lives.
A monk confronted them and mobilized a mob of 400 individuals to stone the household’s dwelling whereas they have been inside, attempting to kill them as a result of they’d left Buddhism.
The household survived.
Kelley says, “The thing that struck me the most about this was the father. The father had been led to Christ by his daughter, who was the first Christian in this village. The father had only been a follower of Jesus for two days when the mob showed up to stone them.”
Reasonably than telling the village that he would convert again to Buddhism, he hovered over his youngsters, defending them and praying to Jesus.
“We just have to realize that in some of these places, the extreme measures that people are facing for being simply followers of Jesus is very inspirational, but it shows that it’s not some intellectual decision that’s being made. It’s a supernatural encounter with the living God that is changing them, that’s creating this courage and boldness.”
Pray for brand new and previous believers in Asia to stay steadfast of their religion. Pray additionally for the Lord’s safety.
Header photograph courtesy of World Mission.